Sharing thoughts

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Central position

I know that my friend Don will say that the camera is more than just a tool and that the tool matters. I certainly will not disagree that a tool matters, but I believe a tool should not hinder you either. I have been photographing the new Ricoh GR for some days and slowly becoming familiar with the pros and cons of this camera.

There is so much to like about this camera, but I sure have to acknowledge that it has some flaws too. In an attempt to preserve enough highlight detail I think the metering is quite conservative, possibly a tad too much. Many Ricoh photographers used to underexpose often at -1/3 EV, but this might not always be necessary. As a result the images straight out of camera seem what undertoned while the highlights and shadows seem to cope rather well. Also the greens are quite green, but I try to tweak the white balance to add a bit more yellow. On my camera, the CMOS sensor also exhibits some hot pixels at high ISO’s, especially beyond ISO 1600. And since the GR sensor lacks an AA-filter it can be pron to moiré. So be warned with very fine structures like stone brick walls.

It surprises me though how thoughtful the camera is. Once you’ve set it up, it just works. I can still operate the camera comfortably with one hand. I don´t have to think about the camera when I am out there. One of the critics I had when Ricoh launched the GRD3 with the larger LCD screen was that some of the buttons got too close to the location where your thumb rests. With the increased size of the camera they fixed that completely. One thing that took me some time to figure out was why I couldn’t assign the white balance shortcut menu to the adjustment lever, until two days later I discovered that there is now a dedicated white balance button available (I should as well have read the manual).

In my next post I will come with some color work for sure. We kind of forgot that is was spring here, but now we finally get rid of the autumness weather.

All photographs by Wouter Brandsma

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6 thoughts on “Sharing thoughts

  1. Reading the manual first is overrated. I try to avoid & prefer the learning on the job kind of thing. And as long as it results in such geometric monoschrome pearls like yours, Wouter, you did everything right. Because the tool shouldn’t hinder you to tell those rambling stories you do so damn well, my friend.

    All the best & safe travels., Fritsch.

  2. As long as it’s auto-focusing accurately on anything, it’s a good camera. Many of the reviews say autofocus sucks at dim/night/dark area. In a sense, GRD is known for its agility, nimbleness; operating the focus manually seems to be defeating the purpose of a camera like this. I’m sure the GR is fun as hell, much like owning a new model of the same car. For me, the GR is nothing more than a camera that yields better clarity on photographs. The rest are the same ol’ icing on a cake. I hope your new toy GR would last long enough this time 😛

    1. The GR still has much of the agility of the former GRD’s. Realistically, getting focus with my GRD3 in the dark isn’t easy either. The snap function always came in handy and made camera even faster. The GR is no exception either. Unless the subject is really close, the camera still gives enough depth of field. And I can only hope this one last longer.

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